Histocats: When Cats Hide in Histological Specimens

I hate to admit that I’m a sucker for funny cat videos/photos. I also happen to love teaching histology, and have been doing so for the past week in Anatomy and Physiology class. I never would have thought that these two interests could be combined, but thanks to the iHeartHisto website, the unlikely merger of […]

Tardigrades Are Awesome, But Their Genome May Not Be As Unsual As Recent Research Suggests

I’ve long been fascinated by Tardigrades. You’ve gotta love an animal that can survive extreme cold, heat, and pressure, desiccation, starvation (as many as 10 years without food!), exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals, and the vacuum of space. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re nicknamed “water bears,” and are cute little critters that lumber […]

What the Cat-Cucumber Video Taught Me About How We Teach Biology in Schools

I had an eye opening experience in biology class the other day. The students were given a current event assignment in which they had to use their Chromebooks to find an article of interest, read it, and then answer a series of questions about the article. The only requirements were that the article had to […]

On My Playlist: She Lit A Fire by Lord Huron

Thought I’d share music that I’m currently liking from time to time here. Hat tip to my sister for introducing me to Lord Huron, great band, and really liking this song:

How To Get An RSS Feed From an Instapaper Folder, And Why You Might Want to Do It

Say you find a blog post that you want to read but don’t have the time right now. Instapaper is a tool that allows you to clip and save the article so that you can read it either on the Instapaper site or Instapaper app at a later date. It works great for this purpose […]

Blogging Tip: Be Patient and Persistent When Starting a New Blog

I just got an email from a reader of my main website (Runblogger.com) asking about audience building strategies for a new blog (a running blog in his case). This is a great question, and it’s an issue that almost every blogger must deal with when first starting out. When I first start writing Runblogger I […]

How to Build a Homemade Lego Table

I don’t have a lot of hobbies, but one that has carried over from my childhood is building with legos. My children have all inherited this “gene,” but each has a different variant. Emma loves to build kits and follow the instructions, but she’s not much for playing with them once they’re finished. Anders rarely […]

Move Over Elf on the Shelf, It’s Time to Bring Back Krampus!

It seems that blogging about the Elf on the Shelf is a requirement in the month of December. My Facebook feed has been littered with links to Elf posts that either A) document all of the hijinks that said Elf gets into, or B) explain how much the writer despises the Elf and the work […]

Quitting Academia and Writing About It

Back in May I jumped off the ivory tower and left academia. It was a huge and difficult decision to give up tenure, and one that was a long time in the making. It was also a decision that I struggled through mostly on my own. At the time, I wasn’t aware of a lot […]

How to Deal With Blog Content Scraping

A few weeks ago a friend posted a question about content scraping in a Facebook group for running bloggers that I started (you can join here if you’re interested, bloggers of any type are welcome). He had noticed that some of his posts were popping up on another site and was wondering how to deal […]